HMS Medway (P223)

HMS Medway is the second of five new River-class offshore patrol vessels.

HMS Medway (P223) is currently on deployment

Atlantic Patrol Tasking North


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

2,000 tonnes

Total displacement

90.5 metres

Total length

24+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Atlantic Patrol Tasking North


From drug busting to disaster relief, Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) centres on providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and deterring drug traffickers as part of the wider international effort.

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Jim Blythe

Jim Blythe joined Britannia Royal Naval College as a Naval College Entrant in January 1998. After initial training, he completed sea training in HMS Birmingham and HMS Brave, prior to successful completion of X Course at HMS Dryad. Jim qualified as an Air Warfare Officer in December 2012 and joined HMS Dauntless as the Operations Officer. During the next 16 months he was involved in the first Type 45 MP3 and Capability Upgrade Period and the force generation for an East of Suez Deployment.

HMS Medway's role

HMS Medway is a River-class offshore patrol vessel. Along with her sister vessels, she was designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties.

The first steel was cut on HMS Medway in June 2015, at a ceremony in Glasgow. HMS Medway was formally named at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life, on 20 October 2017.

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